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8 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in the New Year

December 21, 2017  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Whether you are planning to buy a home in 2018, or are considering refinancing your mortgage, you’ll want to make sure your credit is in tip top shape to get the best interest rate possible. Here are 8 ways to… Read more

7 Financial Habits That Will Make Buying A Home Easier

November 20, 2017  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Good credit is important in qualifying for a mortgage, but potential homebuyers with less-than-perfect credit can still get a mortgage. No matter what your score, these seven financial habits will make buying a home much easier: Paying your bills on… Read more

Get Closer to Your Dream Home in 2017 with These 3 Steps

January 9, 2017  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Is buying a home in 2017 one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Here I will tell you the top 3 things you must do this year to make your dream a… Read more

7 Reasons Your Credit Score May Have Dropped

November 7, 2016  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

A good credit history is needed to buy a home, but what constitutes a “good” credit score varies by lender and loan type. For example, to qualify for an FHA loan with a 3.5% down payment, you need a FICO… Read more

The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know

October 31, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

As we said in our Oct. 17 blog post, this is a seller’s market, so it is important that you get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Here’s what you’ll need to qualify in the current real estate market: A… Read more

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: the 4 Cs

October 17, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Right now we are in a seller’s real estate market, because the number of homebuyers exceeds the number of  homes for sale. This means that, to buy your dream home, you need to stand apart from other home buyers. Not… Read more

What’s the Difference Between Being Pre-qualified and Pre-approved for a Mortgage?

June 6, 2016  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

There are all kinds of terms thrown around when it comes to buying a home. Two of these terms are “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved.” While these terms are similar, they are, in fact, very different. Let’s talk about the differences. Pre-qualification… Read more

9 Tips to Keep Your Budget and Credit Score on Track This Holiday Season

December 7, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

With so many people on your gift list, it’s easy to get carried away with holiday shopping. However, overspending can negatively impact your credit score, which can affect your home buying ability, if you’re not careful. Here are some tips… Read more

6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

October 26, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Whether it is your first home or your third one, you don’t want to make costly mistakes when buying a home. Here are six mistakes that you can avoid with a little time, effort and knowledge: Not checking your credit… Read more

6 Tips for Raising Your Credit Score

October 5, 2015  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Last month we talked about how a low credit score can affect your ability to qualify for a home loan and purchase your next home. Today we’re going to talk about how to improve your credit score with these 6… Read more

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